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An alternative explanation for Billy's "travels"

by almostpassingenglish, August 18, 2013

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I think that BIlly Pilgrim's journeys through time could instead be a social commentary on Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. Billy isn't skipping through time, instead he's an old man sitting at his home, his daughter is taking care of him, and when he closes his eyes he suffers his wartime flashbacks and delusions about traveling through space in which he lives in a dream with elements from his life, like how Montana Wildhack was the Porn Star from the book store that Billy visited to see the Kilgore Trout novels. It also explains why the book is so disordered. As Vonnegut says, there is no order in tragedy, but the tragedy isn't necessarily the war or the bombing, Billy is also the tragedy because he came back from the war without his innocence and shell shocked.

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